Lesson Tuition, Fees, Make-up Policy, Group classes

Suzuki private lessons are held Monday-Friday at the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA. Group classes are held at New England Conservatory in downtown Boston on Saturdays.

Tuition and Fees for September-June 2016-2017


$100 non-refundable deposit for returning students to hold your spot for the fall: due July 1st. An invoice for the fall will be sent to you in August. New students, please contact me directly.

$15 registration fee/family for each semester.

Private Lessons:

Tuition: $48/$72/$92 for 30/45/60 minutes respectively.

Fall Semester: Tuesday, September 6-Friday, January 27 (18 weeks)*

Fall payment is due in full by September 15 or in two payments on September 15 and November 15. Late fee of $25 will be applied after September 15 and after November 15. You may pay by check in person or send it in the mail to 284 Beacon St #1, Somerville, MA 02143. Make checks payable to Angela Leidig.

Note: No lessons Labor Day, Monday, September 5 and Columbus Weekend, Friday, October 7 and Monday, October 10. Lessons will be given Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22 and Monday, December 21 to make up for those holidays. No lesson Monday, January 2 for New Year Federal Holiday.

Thanksgiving Break: Monday, November 21: Regular lessons for Monday students to make up for Columbus Day. Tuesday, November 22: No regular lessons for Tuesday students. Tuesday lessons for Friday students this week to make up for Columbus Day. Wednesday, November. 23-Sunday, November 27: Thanksgiving Break

Holiday Break: No lessons Tuesday, December 20-Monday, January 2. Regular Monday lessons on Monday, December 20: make-up for Labor Day.

Winter/Spring Semester:January 29-June 23 (19 weeks)*

*Monday, Wednesday and Friday students each have 18 lessons scheduled for the winter semester. No lessons on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day. No lessons on Wednesday, February 15 for the Celtics Performance. No lessons on Friday, April 14 before Spring break and on Good Friday.

You can pay for the semester in one or two installments. First payment due by Friday, February 3. Second payment due by Friday April 7.

Break weeks and days: no lessons. February break: Saturday, February 18-Friday, February 24. Spring Break: Friday, April 14-Friday, April 21. No lessons on Memorial Day. No group classes on February 18, March 11, April 15, and May 13.

Summer lessons TBA: Begin June 26


Tuition refunds will be prorated until the third lesson of the semester. There are no refunds after the third lesson of each semester.

Group Classes at NEC (required for students Books 1-4): Saturday, Sept. 17, Fall group classes begin. Suzuki violin group classes will be taught by Susan Jarvis and Angela Leidig and arranged by level/book. Two group concerts will be given during the year at the end of each semester with additional special concerts scheduled each year (i.e. Cartoon Festival at Symphony Hall and a performance of the Star Spangled Banner for the Celtics at the TD Garden.)

Suzuki group classes for Books 1-4 are held on Saturdays from September-June at the New England Conservatory in downtown Boston. Please register at  NEC prep registration page for group classes at the regular tuition amount.

NEC fall registration is open for group classes. Go to NEC Suzuki page for information about group times and click here for tuition and fee information. Register for a 45 minute group class unless you are in the Book 4 violin class; that class is a one hour class.

Pre-Twinkle/beginner class is at 10:15-11:00 am.

Book 1A at 11:00-11:45

Book 1B/2 at 11:00-11:45

Book 2 at 10:15

Book 3 at 9:15-10:00

Book 4 at 9:00-10:00

Solo Recitals: Each student will be required to perform in solo recitals each semester. Recitals are crucial for musical development, progress and motivation. $15 per recital per student for space and accompanist fees.

Dates TBA

Alexander Technique Lessons:

15 minute Alexander Technique Lessons are available before your lesson if space allows: Cost is $15.

Make-up Policy

Students are allowed one make-up per semester with 24 hours advance notice. Students are encouraged to arrange a lesson swap if they know that they will be missing a lesson.

Make-up lessons are for emergencies, sickness, if you know in advance you will be out-of-town or students who have a scheduled school concert or school trip.

In the event of an emergency cancelation, a make-up may be offered at the teacher’s discretion if an opening is available the week of the cancelation. If no opening is available that week, the lesson will not be made up.

Once a make-up lesson is scheduled it can not be rescheduled. A canceled make-up lesson will not be rescheduled.

In case of snow days canceled at my office, Skype or FaceTime lessons will be offered that day from my home. If I am teaching at my office and you can not make it due to weather, you may use your make-up lesson for the semester for that day.

Any teacher absences will be rescheduled.

Group classes are unable to be made-up in the event of a student absence.

All make-up lessons must be completed by the end of the semester. Any make-up lessons not completed by the end of the academic year will not be applied to future semesters. A total of three available make-up times will be offered by the teacher; if a student cannot make any of the times offered for make-up lessons, the make up lesson is forfeited.

I would love to offer more makeups, but my schedule is busy, and I cannot offer every student more than one make up so I kindly ask you not to request extra makeups. Thank you for the consideration!!

Lesson Expectations

Practice daily! Practice daily the assignments you are given each week. This is by far the best way to make progress and to enjoy learning to play the violin! (see practice model below)*

Listen daily to your Suzuki recording. Attend concerts, listen to lots of music and watch youtube videos of great artists. Listening builds pitch, rhythm, tone, musical expression, motivation and love for classical music. Much easier to learn new pieces when you are listening a lot! The music is already downloaded into the brain and ear.

Attendance and attitude! Arrive a little early for lessons and group to have time for snack, bathroom, washing hands, etc. Bring a bottle of water to the lesson. Cut your nails every week!

Parents must attend each lesson, group class and take notes. Your active presence and contribution is essential. No cell phones during the lessons including texting, calls, and reading; emergency use only please. Pictures and video recording welcome!

Summer lessons: taking some summer lessons is required. All your hard work and progress throughout the year is severely affected by taking too much time off. Recommended: take as many as you can! 4+ at least to keep you going. Attending summer music camps and institutes is a great way to make a lot of progress, have fun and get motivated!

*Practice model for success:

Practicing: Consistency is key for success. To build level and ability, gradually increase practice time. See if you are close to this model…if you are practicing above the recommended amount, keep it up! 🙂

5+ days a week (lessons and group classes do not count as practice) 6-7 days/week is the best.

Beginners work up to at least 30 min their first year

Book 1 (year 2): 30-45 min

Book 2: 45 min

Book 3: 45-1 hour

Book 4: 1 hour plus+

Book 5: 1 hour-1 hour and 15 min+

Book 6: 1 1/2 hours+